June 25, 2016 |
BUFFALO - Julien Gauthier, the high-scoring right winger who is one of the players the Flyers could consider with their first-round draft pick Friday night, admitted he was surprised that the Orange and Black didn't interview him during the recent NHL draft combine. "But it happens," he said in a good-natured tone Thursday inside a Buffalo hotel lobby that was filled with a who's who of the hockey world. "It's all right. " Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said it was wrong to assume a team is not interested in a player just because it doesn't interview him. "We know what we need to know about those people," he said.
June 23, 2016 |
Some believe the Flyers should be grateful that Julien Gauthier, once regarded as one of the top four or five forwards in this week's draft, has dropped in the rankings. That means the high-scoring right winger may be available when the Flyers select 18th in the opening round in Buffalo on Friday. Gauthier is the prototypical power forward. He has size and speed, good hands, a powerful shot, and a knack for always being in scoring position. Scouts have compared him to a young Rick Nash, and he is just the type of sniper the Flyers need in their system.
June 22, 2016 |
Unless they trade up - and general manager Ron Hextall is trying to do just that - the Flyers won't have a chance to select the four highest-ranked forwards in the first round of Friday's draft: Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine, Jesse Puljujarvi, or Matthew Tkachuk. That means Hextall, scouting director Chris Pryor, and the rest of the staff will probably turn to Plan B, hoping one of the following forwards (listed alphabetically) is available with the 18th overall selection: Kieffer Bellows, left wing, 6-foot, 197 pounds.
June 21, 2016 |
The Flyers won't pick until 18th in the first round of the NHL draft on Friday, but based on their history and the fact that this is a deep draft, expect them to come home with a player who will be a major contributor down the road. You don't need Scotty Bowman bloodlines to realize the Flyers must get bigger and faster if they want to compete with Pittsburgh, Washington, and the league's other elite teams. "We're going to have some emphasis on skill and size," general manager Ron Hextall said.
June 18, 2016 |
When the offense-challenged Flyers select 18th overall in the first round of the NHL draft next Friday, it is likely they will select a forward. But general manager Ron Hextall insisted they would take the best player available and cautioned that there is danger in picking a player based on the team's most pressing needs. "If you look at the history of the draft, there's a lot of players in the first round that don't play in the league or don't play many games in the league," he said during a news conference at the Skate Zone in Voorhees on Thursday.
June 6, 2016 |
Because of its sports teams' futility in the early 1970s, Philadelphia was known as the City of Losers. Rick MacLeish and the Flyers helped change that image and started a renaissance on the Philly sports scene with their unexpected march to the 1974 Stanley Cup. MacLeish, 66, died Monday after battling numerous medical problems that hospitalized him for about nine weeks. In Flyers history, the magnitude of MacLeish's impact is not appreciated until you talk to his teammates.
June 2, 2016 |
Rick MacLeish, 66, a three-time all-star who scored arguably the biggest goal in Flyers history, died Monday night. Brad Marsh, president of the Flyers Alumni Association, confirmed Tuesday morning that Mr. MacLeish had died. Mr. MacLeish had been battling meningitis and kidney and liver problems, according to his daughter Brianna MacLeish. "Ricky was the most talented player the Flyers had during the 1970s," said Hall of Famer Bob Clarke, who was one of Mr. MacLeish's teammates and is now the team's senior vice president.
May 28, 2016 |
The latest goaltender to shepherd his team to the Stanley Cup Finals hadn't been a full-time starter in the NHL until this season and has a name that sounds like a mutual-fund firm. Martin Jones is 26 years old, stands 6-foot-4, and had appeared in all of 20 games for the Los Angeles Kings before the San Jose Sharks acquired him in a trade last June (after he spent four days as a Boston Bruin). The Sharks immediately made him their No. 1 goalie. He played 65 regular-season games and has started all 18 of their playoff games, and his team is in the Finals for the first time in its 24 years of existence.
May 27, 2016 |
Claude Giroux and Shayne Gostisbehere seem connected. Both had outstanding chemistry on the Flyers' top power-play unit this season, and both recently underwent hip and abdominal surgeries on the same day. And both could be added to their respective World Cup of Hockey teams this week. The 23-man rosters must be finalized by Friday. The eight-team, two-week tournament will be held in Toronto from Sept. 17 to Oct 1. Each team will carry 20 skaters and three goalies. Teams announced their first 16 roster selections in March.
May 21, 2016 |
Phil Myers probably would have been a first-round pick in next month's NHL draft if the Flyers didn't have the foresight to sign the 6-foot-5, 208-pound free agent during last year's training camp. Since then, the junior-level defenseman has blossomed faster than anyone could have expected, strengthening the Flyers' already-deep group of up-and-coming blue liners. "There's no question" he would have been a first-round selection if he was in this year's draft, said Craig Button, the highly respected draft guru for TSN in Canada.